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Erica Greenberg
Principal Research Associate
Center on Education Data and Policy
I seek to advance opportunity among children and families through rigorous empirical research. In its historical mission and ongoing activities, the Urban Institute is the perfect place to do this work.

Erica Greenberg is a principal research associate in the Center on Education Data and Policy at the Urban Institute. Her research spans early childhood and K–12 education, focusing on programs and policies like public prekindergarten, Head Start, child care subsidies, and home visiting. She also investigates the causes, consequences, and measurement of educational inequality.

Greenberg’s recent projects assess quality, access, and funding at federal, state, and local levels. She leads studies of public preschool expansion and early childhood program participation among low-income immigrant families. In K–12, she is conducting new work on measures of student poverty and links between public investments and children’s educational outcomes. She has experience with quantitative and qualitative methods and complex data collection and analysis.

Before joining Urban, Greenberg was an intern in the US Department of Education Office of Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development and a prekindergarten teacher in Washington, DC.

Greenberg holds a BA from Yale University. She received her MA in political science and her PhD in education policy from Stanford University.

Research Areas
Social safety net
Race and equity
Immigrants and immigration
Children and youth
Kids in context
Immigrant communities and racial equity
Racial barriers to accessing the safety net
Racial equity in education